ACA’s Sixth Anniversary: Finding Hope and Security
I’ve run into some serious health issues over the last several years. I’ve faced severely reduced lung capacity, breast cancer, fibroid tumors, and high blood pressure. Fortunately at the time, I had insurance through my job to cover much of the care I needed. But then, two years ago, my department was downsized. Along with many of my coworkers, I was laid off.
I couldn’t afford COBRA or private insurance because I didn’t have any income. I was able to find a temporary contract job, but it didn’t come with health benefits. I didn’t know what I was going to do.
A fellow member of New Creation Church talked me into going to a Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment event. I didn’t want to go at first. Simply put, if I’m not at work, I don’t get paid. But I knew I had to get health insurance.
Thanks to the Marketplace, created by the Affordable Care Act, it was possible for me to get affordable, quality health coverage. Now, I don’t have to worry about being able to afford my blood pressure medicine or the care I need for my chronic health conditions.
With help from a navigator, I now have coverage that costs $230 a month after tax credits for me and my two children. My copay for medicine is $5.
And I’m back on track with my oncologist and primary doctor.
Now, I’m one of the estimated 20 million people who have gained health coverage because of the Affordable Care Act.
While open enrollment is closed now until later in the year, you can still find important information about your health care at HealthCare.gov. You can also find out the protections and benefits available under the Affordable Care Act no matter where you get your health insurance.
I’ve realized something that I think is very important: Coverage comes without any judgment, without any critique. It gives you hope.
My faith is strong. My coverage gives me a sense of security. I think it’s a blessing.
Rona’s Marketplace coverage gives her a sense of security, a sense of hope → http://1.usa.gov/1Rnk46M via @HHSgov
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